In the July of 2000 the Lord
directed us to have the Northwest Dance & Worship Conference
at the ranch. This was a huge undertaking and took a lot of work.
The Lord blessed us with some great teachers and we had Traditional
Jewish Dance, Interpretive Dance, and also Flags, Streamers and
Tambourine workshops as well. The classes during the day were
held in the cafeteria at the grade school here in Eagle Valley.
Things went well and everyone was really learning and enjoying
what was being taught.
The biggest problem for all of us was the heat. It was extremely
hot, and for some reason the air conditioning was not working.
Even though we all made the best of it, we were all melting.
I remember on breaks everyone would head directly for the ice
water tanks or water fountains before the next class.
As soon as the day was over for the workshops we would all head
back to the ranch. There was about an hour between the end of
the workshops and when we would all eat dinner. It was a wonderful
time of fellowship and festiveness.
After dinner, the evening portion of the conference was held
outside and no one could wait until the sun went down and it
was cool again. This part was in the orchard, which was a wonderful
outdoor setting for what we were doing. It looked beautiful and
the grass was like a golf course with lots of level ground just
right for dancing before the Lord.
The evening would begin with people from the different
workshops showing what they had learned by actually participating
in one of the dances. It was a very colorful time, with different
Jewish costumes and everyone dressed in attire for dance before
the Lord. There were beautifully colored flags and streamers
that people had brought to worship with. And on the stage we
had a complete array of colored lighting set to point out on
the green and
grassy dance area. We even had mechanical rotating lights mounted
in some of the trees. And almost everyone had something in his
or her hand they could worship the Lord with.
On top of everything else, there
was a beautiful full moon that came up that night. A cool warm
breeze came up as well, and you couldn't have asked for a more
perfect evening to worship our Lord.
It wasn't completely dark when we started but as time went by
the garments, the flags, the tambourines, and the streamers began
to look more and more beautiful as the lighting would catch and
glimmer off of them. Most of the people, including the instructors
had never had this type of setting before. It was a tremendous
sight as we worshipped the Lord in this manner. It was a night
of displaying every ones' best before the Lord. This in itself
would have been a wonderfully, memorable night but the Lord had
something even more in mind.
After the dance of all kinds had been displayed to the Lord,
we then took communion. Every one made a big circle and two twin
brothers, who had come and shared with us before, shared as we
took communion. You could feel the Holy Spirit so strongly. His
presence was becoming more and more tangible as we were partaking
of His covenant.
As we finished, we began to worship the Lord in the Spirit. We
began to sing with all of our hearts. Hands were raised in adoration
and you began to hear the harmonies that come with high worship.
It was at this time that we saw something that astounded us.
As we were looking up, the full moon, which was now so bright
that it gave everything a shadow, was shining on two jet streams
in the sky. Now ordinarily in the night sky you can't see jet
streams because it's dark and they aren't visible. However, like
I said, the Lord had something He wanted to show us. This was
going to be no ordinary night. These two jets had cut across
the sky in different directions while we were worshiping, and
about the same time as myself, two or three others all pointed
and said look! The jets had left, to our amazement, a perfect,
white cross. It was huge and so pure white with the brightness
of the moon behind it. It was almost unbelievable, but here we
were seeing it with our own eyes.
The singing began to hush as you heard people telling others
to look. Everyone was pointing with astonishment. And even though
the breeze was blowing the opposite direction, that cross came
against the breeze and cast its' shadow right over the ranch.
It was as if the Lord was pleased
with what He saw, and He said I'd like to show you all something
too, in return. Something that's spectacular. Something that
only I can do, with exactly the right timing to it. Something
that would please and astound us, who came with our beautiful
garments, flags and streamers to please Him. Something so we
would know without a doubt that it was Him.
That night we saw something brighter and more beautiful, that
spoke a better sermon than we had. That night He gave us a Sign
that was truly Wondrous
The Moon and the Cross.